Kids With Food Allergies hosted a webinar on May 31, 2017, about Food Allergies and Risk Factors for Anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis).
Our guest speaker was Margaret Redmond, M.D., Pediatric Allergist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She has been practicing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital since September 2016. She has an academic interest in anaphylaxis and food allergy in the summer camp and pre-hospital settings.
Here is what the webinar discussed:
- Briefly define food allergy and discuss mechanisms.
- Delineate the diagnosis of anaphylaxis.
- Discuss the frequency of fatal anaphylaxis.
- Address risk factors for fatal anaphylaxis.
- Discuss how to mitigate these risks.
This webinar is made possible from sponsorship by Mylan Specialty.
What Is a Food Allergy?
If your child has symptoms after eating certain foods, he or she may have a food allergy. A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms. This is an allergic reaction. Foods that cause allergic reactions are allergens.
Anaphylaxis: Severe Allergic Reactions
This guide will help you understand anaphylaxis or a serious allergic reaction. Take all allergic symptoms seriously! Both mild and severe symptoms can lead to anaphylaxis.
Epinephrine Autoinjector Resources
Epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Epinephrine comes in the form of easy-to-use auto-injectors. It is only available through a prescription by your doctor. Find out what your options are for epinephrine auto-injectors, what you can do if you can’t afford them, stocking epinephrine in school and public places and more.
Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride
Life-threatening food allergies affect every aspect of your family’s life. Managing this is a constant and sometimes overwhelming challenge. As a parent, you may not realize that how you handle day-to-day food allergy management is important. But it is. Because you’re the parent, you set the tone and lead by example.
Food Allergy Facts and Myths Presented by Dr. Dave Stukus (October 2015)
Anaphylaxis in America: What Do Doctors Know? (April 2015)
Flying with Food Allergies (June 2014)
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